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Dolphin Discovery Centre

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Lot 830 Koombana Drive, Bunbury, Western Australia 6230, Australia
+61 8 9791 3088
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In May 2017 the Dolphin Discovery Centre began its redevelopment to improve and add to their existing facilities. Construction work began and our volunteer building and research room has been moved off its existing site to the block next door in preparation for our building the new Café/Restaurant. At the same time that this is happening the City of Bunbury is constructing a Coastline Revetment Wall for coastal protection, Department of Parks and Wildlife are building across the road and the Waterfront Project has begun with new landscaping and bridge work along Koombana Bay. So our area looks like an industrial zone BUT in fact we are still operating full steam throughout this whole process. Our Dolphin Eco Cruises will operate year round subject to weather and our Swim with Wild Dolphins will be operating next summer as usual. Much of the disruption will be finished by December and there will be new assets along Koombana Bay including a substantial playground, additional parking , a kiosk and a beach auditorium. The entire process for the DDC redevelopment including the new interpretive experience will be completed by November 2018 however elements will be progressively delivered. Entry to the DDC will be free over the winter months where most disruption is likely to occur so pop in and see what is happening. At times we might have alternate access to the beach for any dolphin visits and boat departures over the next 8 months. There are a lot of exciting times ahead and we appreciate your support through the process of building our new Café and Discovery Centre. The Dolphin Discovery Centre in Bunbury WA is 90 minutes south of Perth. Koombana Bay is home to local wild Bottlenose Dolphins who regularly visit the interaction zone at peak times during the year. Swim with Wild Dolphins or Dolphin Eco Cruises are a great opportunity to interact with the dolphins in their own environment. The philosophy behind the centre is to promote research, conservation and education of the Bottlenose Dolphins and other native marine life. The centre operates October to April 8am - 4pm (closed Christmas Day) and May to September 9am - 2pm.
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Lot 830 Koombana Drive, Bunbury, Western Australia 6230, Australia
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I hit the DDC today, unfortunately didn't see any dolphins. However was told morning is the best time to see them. They have a beautiful Port Jackson Shark as well as several different species of fish, an eel, octopus and some turtles who are in...More

Thank janice78_au
Reviewed 13 August 2017

Since the Dolphin Discovery Centre is undergoing a major renovation, admission to the centre is free. The enthusiastic staff do a great job of explaining the exhibits and alerting you to dolphin sightings. The octopus feeding was fascinating. I wanted to take a cruise to...More

Thank Robert D
DDCBunbury, Manager at Dolphin Discovery Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Robert. Although we are thrilled to hear your positive comments about the Centre we are also sorry that the winter weather prevented you from enjoying the sightseeing cruise. Despite the dolphin numbers being a little down during the colder months, more than 30 remain...More

Reviewed 9 August 2017

The DDC is an awesome experience for all the family. Standing in the water with wild dolphins is the most fab experience. You can take an Eco cruise and also have wonderful time swimming with the Dolphins too. I highly recommend you a visit the...More

Thank silverjewel2017
Reviewed 30 July 2017

Start with the positives .... Very informative centre, staffed by mostly lovely volunteers .... Friendly man welcomed us, and said feel free to browse ... we ring a bell if we see dolphins ... so don't worry ... you won't miss out ! It is...More

Thank Almostgreynomad
DDCBunbury, Manager at Dolphin Discovery Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2017

Thanks for your honest review and I am so pleased that our volunteer team were there to show you around the Centre and escort you down to the beach to see the dolphins. It is a rare delight to see them so close to the...More

Reviewed 18 July 2017

One of the most wonderful days of my holiday! The staff and volunteers care so much about the pod of dolphins that have made this bay home!!More

Thank Pat F
DDCBunbury, Manager at Dolphin Discovery Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2017

Hi Pat, I am so glad you enjoyed your swim on the wild side tour with us. With the cold fronts continuing to hit us during the winter months your review is a welcomed reminder how good our summer months are and how privileged we...More

Reviewed 21 June 2017 via mobile

It was a little difficult getting into the parking area because of the huge reconstruction of the foreshore area. A volunteer from the Dolphin Discovery Centre helped us find our way. What a wonderful centre! The volunteers are so passionate and knowledgeable and the displays...More

1  Thank Anita T
DDCBunbury, Manager at Dolphin Discovery Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2017

Bigger and better is right Anita! We are very enthusiastic about the future and will do whatever it takes to create a world class experience for our guests while maintaining that passion and knowledge you described so well in your review. We are also very...More

Reviewed 18 June 2017

This is undergoing a major facelift and renovation so it was quite limited. But in saying that there was no entry fee charges. The volunteers were amazingly friendly and well informed about the exhibits. Well worth a visit especially when the work is finished.More

1  Thank YLisette
DDCBunbury, Manager at Dolphin Discovery Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2017

Thanks for the generous review and the recognition of our volunteers. They are indeed very friendly and have so much to tell all of our guests about the marine animals, the Centre, our history and of course, the "major facelift" you described. We will continue...More

Reviewed 11 June 2017

Fantastic Tour Guide who was very considerate and informative about the dolphins in the bay. Found lots of dolphins for us to photograph and video.More

2  Thank VickiWilliamson
DDCBunbury, Manager at Dolphin Discovery Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2017

Thanks Vicki! I am so pleased you were able to see dolphins in the Bay and that the tour guide was fantastic. Even in winter our dolphins are relatively easy to find as long as the weather is kind however an informative, friendly tour guide...More

Reviewed 9 June 2017 via mobile

Great to learn about the Dolphins and other oceanic creatures. Kids loved it and fantastic for all agesMore

1  Thank trueblueskip
DDCBunbury, Manager at Dolphin Discovery Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2017

Thanks for taking the time to upload a review. Being described as an educational delight for all ages is fantastic. Our volunteers and staff have worked hard to make the most of what we have on display and ensure ALL visitors can enjoy an educational...More

Reviewed 4 June 2017

Loved this place. First time my family were able to see dolphins up so close and personal. Was an awesome experience. Just there right on the beach! Lots of interesting exhibits inside the building for kids to see and touch. Fantastic place to learn about...More

1  Thank Brenda R
DDCBunbury, Manager at Dolphin Discovery Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2017

Another fantastic review with reference to our informative volunteers and sea life education. As a tourism Centre it's always nice to know people are not only enjoying their visit but learning about something new at the same time. And to have dolphins visit the Interaction...More

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Marsya_tron
16 August 2017|
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Response from John V | Reviewed this property |
Enjoy your free visit. Obviously it is free because of the disruption but, if you can put up with that and know about it in advance, you should have a good time. I am sure, however, that they will appreciate a donation
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kelcwk
3 July 2017|
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Response from doug m | Reviewed this property |
Sometimes you can see Dolphins near the beach but you are far more likely to see them up close in a boat. The sea is very calm and protected in the bay.
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Paige B
21 June 2017|
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Response from Guru652015 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. The weather at that time of year in Bunbury is changeable. however a visit to the centre at anytime is worth while and seeing the dolphins from the beach if they come in is a bonus, or if you take a boat trip out from... More
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